The Buddhist Way of Loving Kindness (Beckenham)
Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9pm with Mark Budd
£32 for 4-week Series of £10 per drop-in Class (not necessary to book in advance)
Explore how to cultivate an authentic experience of loving kindness through meditation. By opening our heart to others, we can solve many of our daily problems, improve our relationships with others and maintain a happy peaceful mind all the time.
At present, our experience of real love is very limited and is often conditional- thus, most of our relationships with others, also serve as a source of much pain, anxiety and frustration. However, through training systematically in these timeless methods we can make all our encounters with others more satisfying and meaningful.
Wednesday 7 – Developing Pure Unconditional Love
This class will explore Buddha’s teachings on the difference between love and attachment and on this basis, how we can learn to increase our love by gradually reducing the power of our attachment in our relationships.
Wednesday 14 - Cultivating Gratitude
We can get so stuck focusing on the negative that we can forget to appreciate all the benefit we receive from others. By maintaining an awareness of the kindness of others in our life we can keep a positive, grateful mind that will make us more warm and well disposed towards others and protect us from unhappy thoughts.
Wednesday 21 – Changing Our View of Others
This class will explore how we can distinguish between a person and their delusions and use this wisdom to let go of blame and criticism.
Wednesday 28 – Developing Humility
If we feel superior to others we cannot develop a deep experience of love. This class will explore how by training in humility we can cultivate an attitude of respect towards others that is the very essence of the Buddhist way of life.
What to expect:
These classes are open to everyone. They start with a welcome and guided breathing meditation to settle the mind, this usually lasts around 20 minutes.
Then there is an inspiring talk exploring practical methods derived from Buddha's teachings to improve our daily happiness, solve our internal problems and move towards lasting peace of mind. The teacings are very practical in nature, drawing from everyday examples and showing how we can remain mindful of the insights we gain during the course of our daily life.
The class concludes with a second meditation, based on the ideas raised and some take away advice on how to implement the teaching into our day.
Classes run following a four-week series but can also be attended on a drop-in basis at any time as each class is also self-contained.
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